Sarah Seltzer

Sarah Seltzer is freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Ms. Magazine, Bitch Magazine and on the websites of The New York Times, The Nation, The Christian Science Monitor, The Wall Street Journal and Jezebel. She once taught English in a Bronx public school, and has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Find her on twitter at @sarahmseltzer


All Work

A Feminist Guide to the 2010 Oscars

Sarah Seltzer

The Academy Awards are often joked about as "our" [read: women's] Superbowl. I talked with Melissa Silverstein, editor of Women and Hollywood and guru for feminist film-buffs, about what feminists should be on the lookout for this Sunday.

True Love Jane (Austen and Campion) Style

Sarah Seltzer

Favorite romantic works of art as of late? Two old-fashioned, British costume dramas: "Emma" on TV and "Bright Star" in theaters. Some say these represent a backlash against sexual liberation but both achieve the goal of being enrapturing and romantic while subtly critiquing conventional conceptions of love.

“Big Love” and “Good” Patriarchy

Sarah Seltzer

Big Love shows that sometimes religion is directly to blame for misogyny and that having the tenets of extreme patriarchy imbued at an early age is tantamount to a form of abuse...a pretty radical idea for a soap opera.

Gender and High-Profile Sex Scandals

Sarah Seltzer

The Washington Post's Richard Cohen pondered "Why is there no female Tiger Woods?." After a bunch of ill-researched speculation, he concludes cheating and power are linked, and makes gross generalizations about women.

Rewire’s Third Annual Gift Guide!

Sarah Seltzer

For the third year in a row, we present a holiday gift guide for those who want to bestow seasonal joy and support reproductive justice and positive progressive values, all at the same time.

How to Approach the Mega-Misogynists Among Us?

Sarah Seltzer

In the pop-cultural realm feminists are kept busy uncovering the co-opting of our own "empowering" rhetoric to perpetrate potent sexism, looking out for so-called Nice Guys and women who claim to be liberated but sell an old-school lifestyle.

Trying to Reverse Time, At Any Cost

Sarah Seltzer

"Youth Knows No Pain" is a somber, but fairly agenda-free HBO documentary that follows several Americans into the spa, the botox seat, and mostly to the plastic surgeon's office in an effort to turn back time on their faces and bodies.

Chris Brown and Rihanna, Six Months Later

Sarah Seltzer

Although it's a relief that the public has finally stopped victim-blaming with Rihanna, there's little extrapolation of the lessons we've learned in this case to the larger social patterns that affect gender-based violence everywhere.

Kourtney’s Choice

Sarah Seltzer

In America, abortion is always a choice "someone else" makes. But this is a myth and we need to face reality. Those who choose "the other option" aren't selfish, desperate or "someone else." They are our friends, our neighbors and, often, us.

Brüno Walks the Line

Sarah Seltzer

Is Brüno a punch in the face to American homophobia or does it perpetuate homophobic stereotypes in the name of satirizing them?

Gender Cop Dowd’s Plagiarism Kerfluffle

Sarah Seltzer


This revelation of Dowd's thoughtless use of words is far from new. She's been a perennial thorn in the side of feminists and everyone who would like to move beyond Mad Men-era perceptions of gender.

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